After graduating summa cum laude from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, Leslie Gern Cloyd decided to study law. In 1977, she enrolled at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. Leslie Gern Cloyd received numerous accolades while attending the university, including awards in sales, finance, and bankruptcy. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1980, and graduated fourth in her class.
After graduation, the Boca Raton-based law firm of Furr & Cohen PA hired Cloyd. She spent four years with the firm as an Associate Attorney, and primarily worked on cases relating to bankruptcy. In 1984, she joined a boutique bankruptcy firm, where she later became a name partner. As Partner and Shareholder of Bakst Cloyd & Bakst, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the firm.
In 2000, Leslie Cloyd became a Shareholder with Berger Singerman, based in Ft. Lauderdale. Berger Singerman specializes in the reorganization of businesses, as well as bankruptcy practices. As one of the firm’s shareholders, she is responsible for providing counsel to clients on how to effectively reorganize their business after bankruptcy.
When she’s not practicing law, Cloyd is also heavily involved in various professional organizations throughout her community. She is the former Vice Chair for the International Women’s Insolvency Confederation, the Broward County Chair for Pro Bono Services for the Bankruptcy Bar Association, and a former member of Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court.
In her free time, Cloyd enjoys numerous outdoor activities. She likes to both ski and hike, and is an avid tennis player.